Happy Canada Day!
Canada marked its 150th birthday on July 1st in celebrations across the country! In Burlington, crowds gathered in the lakeside park to watch musical performances, speeches, shows, and fireworks. Larger cities like Toronto and Ottawa staged huge celebrations with pop stars like Canadian rap/hiphop sensation Drake and Irish rockers U2. Air shows, laser, LED projection, and firework shows filled the sky. Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Canada for the event.
English Encounters students enjoyed celebrations in Burlington and Toronto and learned about Canada’s history and geography. Canada became a country on July 1st, 1867 when four provinces of British North America joined to form a nation. The original four provinces were Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick and over the next century grew to ten provinces and three territories, making it the second largest country in the world (after Russia).